Let’s assume you have a paper that you think is eventually going to land at a top field journal. Should you aim higher (a general journal) first and then let it filter down the impact ladder, or should you just submit places you think it’s going to end up? Should you start with a submission to a GLAM journal?
1. No. Only submit your best stuff that you think belongs there. You only have a few shots at getting into a GLAM journal and you don’t want to use them up with crap.
2. Yes. Have you read the GLAM journals? Yes, there’s super amazing wonderful stuff in there. But there’s also a lot of crap that isn’t as good as your field journal stuff. It’s a random numbers game with each of your papers having some underlying probability of acceptance. If you never play, then you’re never going to win.
3. Yes. Submitting to top journals is a learning process. You get feedback from the editor and/or reviewers on how to improve your paper so it will actually be able to land where it belongs. This is especially important if you don’t have a lot of local people to give you feedback.
4. No. You may end up getting the same reviewer who already rejected you for a lower tier journal and they’ll be biased from having rejected you before. Or they’ll just submit the same rejection as before even if you’ve changed the paper. (On the other hand, if they do reread the paper, psychology suggests they’ll like it better the second time.)
5. Yes. The answer is always yes.
6. No. Why do you care? You have tenure. Just submit it the place where it’s going to get in right away and get it published so you can move on to the next thing.
7. Yes. You have tenure. That means you can afford to follow long shots.
8. No. The patriarchy and the unfairness of it all means that your paper needs to be much better than the connected white guys’ papers are before it gets published in a glam journal. Don’t waste your time.
9. Yes. If you never submit, you will never get published there.
10. Yes. If you submit good stuff, then the editor and referees may remember that you’re working on good stuff, even if it’s not of general interest and they will be more likely to remember to send opportunities your way and to cite your work in their own work.
Academic readers: What do you do? Do you submit one tier up from where you think you’ll place or do you start right at that tier? What *should* you do? Do you follow the same advice you give others? Non-academic readers: Should you generally aim high or go with the safer choice?